Sure, some of these three-dimensional twists and turns are more complicated than others, but with a little practice, they are all accomplishable. And now, thanks to Judith Durant's new book, Cable Left, Cable Right, it's even easier to learn how to get those zig-zagging stitches just right!
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I love how I can create intricate details in my knitting with cables, but I know many knitters shy away from any pattern with a cable included. I've often wondered why and realized that many of these patterns don't include clear instructions for novice knitters to follow.
How is a new knitter supposed to know what 2/1/2LP means if the designer didn't take the time to include the charting information? I am an experienced knitter and I can't even tell you what that means.
Even when the designer includes that information, sometimes you just, um, forget to print out all of those extra pages with a pattern, only to dig it out years later to finally start knitting and have no idea what these crazy number and letter combinations stand for. Sure, you can go back to the original source if it's still available, but with a copy of Cable Left, Cable Right on your knitting book shelf, you'll have no worries!
You'll know that 2/1/2LP means to slip 2 stitches to cable needle 1 and hold in front, slip 1 stitch to cable needle 2 and hold in back; knit 2 from left needle, slip 1 from cable needle 2 to left needle and purl it, knit 2 from cable needle 1
Did I just make your head spin a little? Don't worry, please just keep reading... trust me, you can do it!
Cable Left, Cable Right is literally the knitter's bible to cabling, and one of the best resource books I've seen in a long time. Durant teaches us the fundamentals of cable technique, and shows us how to create some truly amazing braids, diamonds and pretzels.
Speaking of pretzels, I absolutely love this 6-rib style.
The book is laid out in the same style as Durant's previous gem, Increase, Decrease - with clearly written instructions accompanied by detailed photos. Everything from very basic cables to cables that will surely get you the ooh's and ahh's, including dual colors and beads.
Cable Left, Cable Right contents
- Cable Basics
- Simple Cables
- Angles and Curves
- Braids and Pretzels
- Fillers, Ribbings, and Allover Patterns
- Dressing Up Your Cables
- Design Considerations
With the flip of each page, you'll find something new and exciting and your brain will be running on over-drive thinking about how to incorporate these twisty details to your handknits. And yes, my copy is already filling up with little sticky arrows and notes.
One of the first pages I marked with a sticky note was the Double-Knot Cable. It reminds me of a Celtic knot, but with a little modern twist.
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